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HOUSE OF COMMONS OF CANADA
37th PARLIAMENT, 2nd SESSION


JOURNALS

No. 62

Tuesday, February 18, 2003

10:00 a.m.



Prayers

Daily Routine Of Business

Tabling of Documents

Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. Regan (Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons) laid upon the Table, — Government responses, pursuant to Standing Order 36(8), to the following petitions:

— No. 372-0568 concerning gun control. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-372-42-02;

— Nos. 372-0711 and 372-0817 concerning marriage. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-372-40-03.

Presenting Petitions

Pursuant to Standing Order 36, petitions certified correct by the Clerk of Petitions were presented as follows:

— by Mr. Szabo (Mississauga South) , one concerning stem cell research (No. 372-1113);

— by Mr. Merrifield (Yellowhead) , one concerning pornography (No. 372-1114);

— by Mr. St-Julien (Abitibi—Baie-James—Nunavik) , two concerning the national debt (Nos. 372-1115 and 372-1116).

Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Boudria (Minister of State and Leader of the Government in the House of Commons) , seconded by Mr. Collenette (Minister of Transport) , — That Bill C-24, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act and the Income Tax Act (political financing), be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs;

And of the amendment of Mr. Harper (Calgary Southwest) , seconded by Mr. Reynolds (West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast) , — That the motion be amended by deleting all the words after the word “That” and substituting the following:

“this House decline to give second reading to Bill C-24, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act and the Income Tax Act, because the Bill shifts the sources of contributions to political parties from the voluntary actions of people and organizations to a mandatory imposition on all taxpayers, making political parties more dependent upon the state and less responsive to society.”;

And of the subamendment of Mr. Epp (Elk Island) , seconded by Mrs. Hinton (Kamloops, Thompson and Highland Valleys) , — That the amendment be amended by adding after the word “state” the following:

“, an increase from approximately 40% to over 70%, ”.

The debate continued.

The attention of the Speaker was drawn to the lack of a quorum and, fewer than 20 Members having been counted, pursuant to Standing Order 29(3), the bells were rung to call in the Members.

After one minute, a quorum was found.

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Boudria (Minister of State and Leader of the Government in the House of Commons) , seconded by Mr. Collenette (Minister of Transport) , — That Bill C-24, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act and the Income Tax Act (political financing), be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs;

And of the amendment of Mr. Harper (Calgary Southwest) , seconded by Mr. Reynolds (West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast) , — That the motion be amended by deleting all the words after the word “That” and substituting the following:

“this House decline to give second reading to Bill C-24, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act and the Income Tax Act, because the Bill shifts the sources of contributions to political parties from the voluntary actions of people and organizations to a mandatory imposition on all taxpayers, making political parties more dependent upon the state and less responsive to society.”;

And of the subamendment of Mr. Epp (Elk Island) , seconded by Mrs. Hinton (Kamloops, Thompson and Highland Valleys) , — That the amendment be amended by adding after the word “state” the following:

“, an increase from approximately 40% to over 70%, ”.

The debate continued.

Statements By Members

Pursuant to Standing Order 31, Members made statements.

Oral Questions

Pursuant to Standing Order 30(5), the House proceeded to Oral Questions.

Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Boudria (Minister of State and Leader of the Government in the House of Commons) , seconded by Mr. Collenette (Minister of Transport) , — That Bill C-24, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act and the Income Tax Act (political financing), be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs;

And of the amendment of Mr. Harper (Calgary Southwest) , seconded by Mr. Reynolds (West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast) , — That the motion be amended by deleting all the words after the word “That” and substituting the following:

“this House decline to give second reading to Bill C-24, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act and the Income Tax Act, because the Bill shifts the sources of contributions to political parties from the voluntary actions of people and organizations to a mandatory imposition on all taxpayers, making political parties more dependent upon the state and less responsive to society.”;

And of the subamendment of Mr. Epp (Elk Island) , seconded by Mrs. Hinton (Kamloops, Thompson and Highland Valleys) , — That the amendment be amended by adding after the word “state” the following:

“, an increase from approximately 40% to over 70%, ”.

The debate continued.


At 4:05 p.m., pursuant to Standing Order 83(2), the House proceeded to the consideration of Ways and Means Motion No. 2 for the Budget presentation.

Mr. Manley (Minister of Finance) , seconded by Mr. Boudria (Minister of State and Leader of the Government in the House of Commons) , moved, — That this House approves in general the budgetary policy of the Government. (Ways and Means Proceedings No. 2)

Debate arose thereon.


Mr. Manley (Minister of Finance) laid upon the Table, —

(1) Notice of a Ways and Means motion to amend the Income Tax Act. — Sessional Paper No. 8570-372-2.

(2) Notice of a Ways and Means motion to amend the Excise Tax Act. — Sessional Paper No. 8570-372-3.

(3) Notice of a Ways and Means motion to amend the Customs Tariff, the Excise Tax Act and the Excise Act, 2001. — Sessional Paper No. 8570-372-4.

(4) “The Budget Speech” — Sessional Paper No. 8570-372-5.

(5) “The Budget in Brief” — Sessional Paper No. 8570-372-6.

(6) “Investing in Canada's Health Care System” — Sessional Paper No. 8570-372-7.

(7) “Improving Expenditure Management and Accountability” — Sessional Paper No. 8570-372-8.

(8) “The Budget Plan 2003” — Sessional Paper No. 8570-372-9.

Pursuant to Standing Order 83(2), at the request of Mr. Manley (Minister of Finance), an Order of the Day was designated for the consideration of each Ways and Means motion, notice of which was laid upon the Table today.


The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Manley (Minister of Finance) , seconded by Mr. Boudria (Minister of State and Leader of the Government in the House of Commons) . (Ways and Means Proceedings No. 2)

The debate continued.

Mr. Harper (Calgary Southwest) , seconded by Mr. Reynolds (West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast) , moved, — That the debate be now adjourned.

Pursuant to Standing Order 83(2), the motion was deemed adopted.

Returns and Reports Deposited with the Clerk of the House

Pursuant to Standing Order 32(1), a paper deposited with the Clerk of the House was laid upon the Table as follows:

— by Mr. Collenette (Minister of Transport) — Summary of the Corporate Plan for 2003-07 of Ridley Terminals Inc., pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S. 1985, c. F-11, sbs. 125(4). — Sessional Paper No. 8562-372-860-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Transport)

Adjournment

At 5:19 p.m., pursuant to Standing Order 83(2), the Speaker adjourned the House until tomorrow at 2:00 p.m., pursuant to Standing Order 24(1).